The Winnipeg Jets have solely performed twice to date this fall however have already been handed a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a priority even with the existence of secure and accessible vaccines.
According to ESPN/The Associated Press and Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun, Jets captain Blake Wheeler is symptomatic after testing constructive for COVID-19 and, in consequence, will miss at the very least the subsequent 4 video games, starting with Tuesday’s contest on the 2-0-0 Minnesota Wild.
Per the phrases for the 2021-22 NHL season, Wheeler should isolate for no less than 10 days, be declared freed from signs, and obtain the approval of a physician earlier than he can return to motion.
All gamers on the winless Jets are vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, and the membership has to date reported no extra constructive check outcomes. Wheeler has no targets and one help to date on the marketing campaign.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice admitted his staff was “tight” on Monday after Wheeler entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol, however ahead Andrew Copp was capable of considerably joke about issues Tuesday.
“Can’t just be licking every doorknob and doing that kind of thing,” Copp mentioned. “I guess a little bit of an awakening, possibly, but we still got to go out and play hockey. We’re lucky enough to have everyone vaccinated so, hopefully, that keeps it out, maybe, just that hair more. Some guys have had it, so hopefully, that immunity lasts. Just trying to treat it like an injury right now. Obviously, we’ve played some games without Blake in the past, so everyone is just gonna have to step up.”